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Boston Bruins: 5 Players Who Have Made a Difference During Injuries

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Boston Bruins': 5 Players Who Have Made a Difference During Injuries

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The Boston Bruin’s have had a plethora of injuries this season. They have lost some of their best penalty killers, their biggest offseason acquisition and have battled the flu. The Bruins have had a number of players step up in their absence. They have compiled a 26-10-2 record while playing minor league players in the absence of major leaguers. The Bruins have also asked players to fill in other areas of the ice.

The Bruins could have easily slacked off and used injuries as an excuse to fans. During this stretch of games, the Bruins have proved that Claude Julien may be one of the best coaches in the NHL. Julien plays a defensive scheme that players are forced to play two-way hockey in. You can tell by watching the young players that have come up that the organization preaches that scheme and way of thinking through out the minors. If players are going to come up to the NHL they are going to play the way that the Bruins want them to play. The Bruins have proven that if you don’t conform to their way of thinking, you will end up on a bus or plane back to the minors as fast as you came up.

The Bruins are getting healthier. They are only going to get better as the season progresses. It is nice to know that they have players that can provide adequate replacements when someone gets hurt. The Bruins have also asked players to step out of their comfort zone and play positions that they are not accustom to. There are not many teams where players would do this. It shows you just how well run the Bruins are run.

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5. Torey Krug has Become a Top Five Defenseman

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Torey Krug was already seeing regular ice time before the injuries. He has become an essential part of the defense and the power play since they took place, however. He has also spent time playing a forward role when killing five-on-three penalties.

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4.Jarome Iginla has Played Minutes on the Penalty Kill

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Jarome Iginla has seen more penalty killing time as players such as Chris Kelly have been injured.

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3. Kevan Miller was a Good Replacement for Adam McQuaid

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Kevan Miller was reassigned to Providence after nine games to avoid being claimed off waivers. During the nine games, he was an adequate replacement for Adam Mcquaid, Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk.

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2. Chad Johnson is a Solid Backup Goalie

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Chad Johnson filled in for Tuukka Rask when Rask had the Flu. He has been an adequate backup for Rask all season. He has kept the team in games and has given them every opportunity to win games.

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1. Reilly Smith Could be the Team MVP

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Reilly Smith has filled in on the second line, third line and power play. He has been the star of the Tyler Seguin trade and has been the ideal replacement for Loui Eriksson. The latter has yet to step on to the ice since the Brooks Orpik hit.